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Old 08-21-2015, 06:42 AM   #29
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Yesterday we left Key West at 6 AM, bound for Lithia, FL. Along the way we stopped at Big Cypress preserve

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When we arrived at Lithia Spring Park, we found the spring and the river closed due to flooding. There were plenty of sites available, but danger of more flooding in the campground. Add to that the displaced snakes crawling everywhere and I decided to decamp. We landed at Simmons Park in Ruskin, FL, right on Tampa Bay.


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Old 08-21-2015, 08:14 AM   #30
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The critters here are less sinister.

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The coon and cats were just calmly foraging together ( in the dumpsters).


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:17 PM   #31
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Well, we made it back home safely on Saturday evening. Roughly 2250 miles in 8 days.

I had a great time with Dad, got to see some new places, and also some familiar places from a different angle.
Spent too much, ate out too often, didn't really camp much but that's ok. Not everybody relaxes wide open like I do!

The only camper problem was on the final morning when I forgot to roll the tongue jack up fully. Snagged it on pavement edge and bent the tongue flange. I'll fix that right up.

Averaged 14.5 MPG, that's consistent with my other trips with the 4Runner towing.


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:22 PM   #32
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Please do post your fix for the tongue jack. I have the same problem. Not because I forgot to crank it up, but just because it hangs down too far.
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:34 PM   #33
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I'm not sure my tongue jack is like the original. I added a coupler with the 3-bolt flange in the center when I cut off all that monstrous tongue extension.
Speaking of that extension, I worry that my tongue is bent upward from that extra leverage. The tongue isn't level with the frame. Consequently, the jack, which is at a right angle to the tongue, isn't perpendicular to the ground when the trailer is level. Make sense?


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Makes sense, but I have the same kind of tongue jack.

Do you think your frame is bent?
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I do. It just points uphill to the coupler when the trailer is leveled.
I added the reinforcing plates per the recall, and am always checking for cracks, but It just looks goofy.


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:52 PM   #36
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I have access to a frame machine, I may get a wild hair and flatten it out.

As far as fixing the jack flange, I thought I might add a reinforcing plate, just cut out a matching part to weld across the bent area.


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My brother recommends extra washers on the front bolt, under the jack flange.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:04 PM   #38
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Well, if I don't straighten the frame to be level, I'll distort then reinforce that 3-bolt area to make the jack hang plumb. Actually from the way it's bent now, I just won't quite fully straighten it!
I've had other trailers in the past with similar jack setups, and it seems to always end up bending in that area.


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Looks like you had a great trip. Priceless moments with Dad. Looking forward to retracing some of your route.


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